NBA All-Star Game all about Anthony Davis and dunking

Things got a little nuts scoring-wise at the NBA All-Star Game. What were the most amazing numbers to come from the competition?

The 374 combined points are the most in All-Star Game history, five more than the mark set last season.

Kaluka Maiava Mens Jersey MVP Anthony Davis’ 52 points were an All-Star Game record by 10. The previous mark of 42 was set by Wilt Chamberlain in 1962. Davis and Chamberlain are the only players with 40 points and 10 rebounds in an All-Star Game.

Davis is the first All-Star MVP to come from the host team since Kobe Bryant in 2011. Others to have that distinction in the past 25 years are John Stockton and Karl Malone (1993) and Shaquille O’Neal (2004 and 2009).
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“This is a surprise,” said Winston’s private quarterback tutor George Whitfield Jr. “He pitched all his life and never had any issues. He never had any surgeries. It’s probably some observation. He threw at the University of Michigan. I don’t know what part or whatever. I know he’s been working fine and playing fine. I’m sure they’re just making observations, because from a physical standpoint, he’s been doing everything. It’s actually kind of a shock.”

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The news comes shortly after concerns were raised about Winston’s conditioning. Last week, an unflattering picture showing the quarterback working out made the rounds on the Internet. However, Whitfield Jr. revealed that the photo was outdated, and the signal caller had lost 12–15 pounds since it was taken. At the combine, Winston weighed in at 231 pounds.

Though the shoulder weakness will prevent Winston from taking part in the bench press, he still plans to participate in the throwing drills.

Seattle will need to have one of the better-hitting infields in baseball to make this work

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The core of the team remains intact: Robinson Cano, Kyle Seager, Felix Hernandez and Nelson Cruz are all back. But Dipoto has changed much of the roster around them.
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The most obvious change is in the outfield. Last season, the Mariners featured an offense-first group that ranked near the bottom of the majors defensively. So Dipoto went out and acquired Mitch Haniger, seemingly a throw-in of the deal that brought shortstop Jean Segura to Seattle, and former Royals speedster Jarrod Dyson. They’ll be joined on the outfield depth chart by Guillermo Heredia, incumbent center fielder Leonys Martin and former Yankees farmhand Ben Gamel.

All of these players are, or recently were, center fielders, at least in the minor league level. The outfield defense should be a lot better. But will it save enough runs to offset the potential loss of offense?

Seattle will need to have one of the better-hitting infields in baseball to make this work. Luckily, in Cano, Seager and Segura, the M’s might have just the group to be up to the task.

After shuffling their outfield to improve the defense, the Mariners will need their infield to carry an even bigger share of the offensive load in 2017.

Meanwhile, Cruz will DH full time as an offensive anchor. Dan Vogelbach, acquired from the Cubs in the deal last July that sent Mike Montgomery to Chicago to get the last out of the World Series, will platoon at first with former Athletic Danny Valencia. The Mariners need production from that position.

The Indians return nearly everybody from last year’s 94-win team. They’ve lost slugger and spiritual leader Mike Napoli. But they replaced him with a much more imposing hitter in Edwin Encarnacion. They’ll have Andrew Miller all season and hopefully a healthy Michael Brantley, who missed almost all of 2016, to anchor the outfield.

2017 NFL Combine: Full list of 330 players invited

The NFL released the list of players invited to the 2017 Scouting Combine on Wednesday, with a total of 330 prospects set to attend the event, which will take place from Feb. 28 through March 6.

The NFL Combine is the premier scouting showcase in professional sports, let alone the NFL. Prospects from all over the country (and sometimes the world) show up to the annual event to compete and display their talents for a shot at competing for a space on an NFL roster. To potential draftees, the combine is a week-long job interview. Players interview with coaches and scouts, take tests (physical, mental, and medical), run drills, and interact with hundreds of people who could potentially play a role in their getting drafted.

Many of the top names in this year’s draft will be attending, including superstar defensive linemen Myles Garrett, Jonathan Allen, Solomon Thomas, Malik McDowell, and Derek Barnett. This should be a star-studded draft class on both sides of the ball, with guys from all over the country getting looks as potential NFL draftees.

With 66 Combine invitees, the SEC predictably leads all divisions in total combine invites. Alabama (10), LSU (10), Texas A&M (9), Arkansas (8), and Florida (8) stand at the top of the conference, with several potential first-rounders coming out of those five schools. Alabama’s Allen, Reuben Foster, Tim Williams, O.J. Howard, Cam Robinson, and Ryan Anderson alone could all have a shot at day-one selections.

But Michigan leads all schools with 14 players invited. How does Rubenstein’s family feel about this? They’re as blown away as any of us are, frankly. His brother Dan Rubenstein, who also works at SB Nation, said this about his brother’s abilities:

Mahinmi was the poster boy of last summer’s free-agency bonanza before Miami’s modestly toothed reserve

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And it was always very clear that their father wanted this arrangement — Jeanie runs the business side of the Lakers, and Jim the basketball side — to be part of his legacy.

So what Jeanie Buss decides what to do with her brother, with the Lakers on the verge of a fourth straight trip to the lottery, isn’t merely a personnel decision or business decision. It’s a deeply personal one.

From the moment Magic had dinner with her at a Lakers home game three weeks ago to discuss his new role, he became Jeanie Buss’ 6-foot-9 bronze-plated Hall of Fame shield for what comes next.

If his role is diminished, will Jim Buss dig in and fight back?

“I don’t want to sweat all over it!” he shouts, holding the VR headset in the air inside the Wizards’ practice gym.

Mahinmi was the poster boy of last summer’s free-agency bonanza before Miami’s modestly toothed reserve, Tyler Johnson, stole that label. After eight seasons in the NBA, and only one as a full-time starter, Mahinmi received a four-year, $64 million contract from Washington to fill a bench role. Combine Mahinmi’s age (he just turned 30) with the fact that he’s fresh off of a monster deal, it doesn’t seem that he would be the most likely candidate to be a VR guinea pig.

It turns out that a knee injury and a free throw affliction made him a perfect test case. Mahinmi’s career free throw percentage is just under 60 percent, including a recent season in which he shot just 30.4 percent.

“It’s more like building muscle memory, but for your brain. Kind of like, OK, if you see it, your brain is going to register it. And then, when you shoot live, you’re going to think about it and see yourself shooting and making. You know you can do it.”

Bennett took exception to the Israeli government¡¯s plans to make him ¡°an influencer and opinion-former¡± on its behalf

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett will not participate in a sponsored trip to Israel, he announced via Twitter. The trip, planned by the Israeli government, is intended to combat the negative perception of Israel and will include several NFL players. Bennett won¡¯t be one of them.

Bennett took exception to the Israeli government¡¯s plans to make him ¡°an influencer and opinion-former¡± on its behalf, with the expectation that he would become ¡°an ambassador of goodwill¡± for Israel. Bennett, who expressed his support for Palestinians, said he was unaware when he agreed to the trip that was the Israeli government¡¯s expectation, and that he will not ¡°be used in such a manner.¡±

Limited Womens Shayne Corson Jersey He¡¯d shot just a putrid 1-of-11 from three-point range entering the waning moments of the Detroit Pistons¡¯ Sunday night matchup against the Toronto Raptors, and there was no sign the two-way wing would begin heating up any time soon.

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¡°Just hope it goes in,¡± he told reporters after the game, according to MLive¡¯s Aaron McMann. ¡°That¡¯s what I was thinking. I had a rough night shooting the ball from field and three. So when I came out of the locker room, everyone was like ¡®just keep shooting.¡¯ I just kept shooting, and it had to be the game-winning shot.¡±

Flyers alumni most likely to kick Vladimir Putin¡¯s ass, ranked

Over the weekend, news broke that the Flyers alumni will be taking part in a good will tour through Russia, in which they will play several games against Russian squads. The Inquirer reports that Philadelphia will play three games across Russia: in Kazan on February 16, in St. Petersburg on the 18th, and outside in Moscow¡¯s Red Square on the 20th.

Part of Putin¡¯s appeal in Russia is that he¡¯s constantly portrayed in public as a macho, do-it-all type guy, which is why he suits up in hockey games and is constantly shirtless on horseback. But the Flyers alumni have no reason to go easy on him, as Joe Watson implied to the Courier-Post:

Just weeks ago, Julien said that his players don¡¯t have enough talent to take nights off. In recent weeks, as the heat grew, Julien seemed more and more defensive about not being the lone fault for the Bruins¡¯ struggles. And it¡¯s hard to argue with him.

¡°If the individuals aren¡¯t hitting the net and aren¡¯t scoring, I don¡¯t know that we can do much about it. We harp on it. We harp on them to hit the net. We show clips. But at one point, responsibilities have to be shared.¡±
Firing a coach when your team¡¯s problems are this perplexing can serve two purposes: it can serve as a wake-up call to your players and a chance to change their play style.
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Game Kids Cameron Fleming Jersey Julien spent 10 years behind the Boston bench. As Cassidy mentioned in his press conference, most of the players in Boston have never played for another NHL coach. Veterans on the team likely feel a heavy sense of guilt and responsibility for Julien¡¯s dismissal. That can drive a team to work harder.

But so can systems and habits. Both Sweeney and Cassidy emphasized that one of the first changes they¡¯ll implement is harder practices and faster pace in games and during drills. On one hand, that could be a good thing. Perhaps faster play, faster transitions out of their own zone will lead to better scoring chances.

The Browns own four spots in the first two rounds of the 2017 draft

The worst team of the decade (.259 win percentage since 2010) dispatched most of its best players and predictably produced the NFL’s worst team in 2016. That’s a lot of “worsts.” The Browns bottomed out without addressing their long-term need at quarterback and still have glaring personnel weaknesses at most every position, none worse than offensive line. Their top playmaker, receiver Terrelle Pryor Sr., is a pending free agent.

The Browns own four spots in the first two rounds of the 2017 draft, including the No. 1 and No. 12 picks, and could inject life into their quarterback job in a hurry. Everything about a full rebuild flows from there. The recent re-signing of linebacker Jamie Collins, meanwhile, offers hope that the Browns will put to use the enormous amount of salary-cap space they’re projected to have: nearly $100 million.
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But an asset as valuable as Cousins requires constant due diligence by NBA front offices. One such team meets from time to time to view game film of Cousins, and those watching are tantalized by what they see — the agility combined with force, the soft touch, the capacity to either bully or dance around any profile of defender, big or small. Yet each time they evaluate whether it’s worth mobilizing the organization’s assets to make a push to acquire Cousins, they return to the same dilemma.

When this front office breaks down a Cousins game, it invariably finds half a dozen possessions per game when he sabotages the Kings. Sometimes it’s not getting back on defense because he has overdramatized a fall on a drive.

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Roethlisberger suffered a right foot injury Sunday against Miami

Securing a Pittsburgh Steelers playoff win in Kansas City, and then in New England, will require a few vintage Big Ben moments.

The Steelers’ locker room is brimming with confidence after eight straight wins, and WR Antonio Brown and RB Le¡¯Veon Bell are key weapons. But QB Ben Roethlisberger must sidestep a few potholes on the road to his fourth Super Bowl appearance.

His body seems to be one pothole.

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According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, which first reported the charge, police smelled marijuana coming from his rental car and found cigars that later tested positive for marijuana.

The marijuana charge was added on Dec. 15, and he has an initial court appearance scheduled for Jan. 23, according to the circuit court website.

“The Packers are aware of the matter involving Geronimo Allison,” the team said in a statement to ESPN.com. “Because this is an ongoing legal matter, we will refrain from making any further comment.”

Allison was signed as an undrafted free agent from Illinois. He caught 12 passes for 202 yards with two touchdowns in the regular season and had one catch for 8 yards in last Sunday’s playoff win over the New York Giants.

He’s expected to be a significant contributor in this Sunday’s divisional-round game at Dallas, especially if Jordy Nelson’s rib injury keeps him out.

Team USA demolishes Japan 59-12 for American football gold medal

Team USA showed the enormous gap between itself and the rest of the world in America’s most popular sport, demolishing its closest competition Japan, 59-12, in the gold medal game of the IFAF (International Federation of American Football) World Championship.

Interestingly, Brady had never ranked in the top three as far as merchandise sales are concerned, according to the figures. For a player who has been dominant for so long, that’s surprising. Then again, the longer he’s played, the more people already have his jersey and don’t need another one. Only a special circumstance like DeflateGate can seemingly spur sales.
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If Brady’s numbers have moved the needle at all, he’ll get a bigger slice of the pie that is distributed to players from merchandise revenue. That revenue is split evenly, however, so every player in the NFL is equally benefiting from Brady’s protracted battle with the NFL. The top five in merchandise sales are all quarterbacks — Brady, Kaepernick, Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning. After that, J.J. Watt, Richard Sherman, Odell Beckham Jr., Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston round out the top 10.

Brady outsold all other players in mini-figures, bobbleheads, fatheads and headwear.
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Along those same lines, I’ve got four young guards whose names you should look out for over the next few years. Oakland’s Gabe Jackson, a third-round pick in last year’s draft, started 12 games for Oakland last year and really held his own, providing a spark to the Raiders’ offensive line that he’ll hope to carry into 2015. Larry Warford’s going into his third season so you may know a bit about him already, but the Lions guard seems destined to be a star — inasmuch as a guard can be a star in this league.

Kyle Lowry’s team is a firm No. 2 behind the champs in the East

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With DeMar [DeRozan]’s scoring going up and being top-five in scoring [28.2 PPG], he takes a lot of attention off of me and is giving me more ability to use the pick-and-roll without being double-teamed and just going out there and playing the game. Our bigs have gotten a year older, being more comfortable screening and being more assertive. To me, it is about taking the right shot and the best shot that is available and not forcing anything.

Kyle Lowry’s team is a firm No. 2 behind the champs in the East. Will he stick around to unseat the Cavs someday?

Like the first two quarters of Tuesday’s victory over Minnesota, the first half of the season certainly hasn’t come without challenges.

Authentic Dante Exum Jersey After all, San Antonio is playing its first season since 1996-97 without Tim Duncan. The starting lineup includes one new player in Pau Gasol, and let’s not forget the Spurs tipped off the season with a total of seven new players, including four rookies.

Still, the Spurs managed to capture a 32-9 mark (which ranks as second-best in the league) at the halfway point. They started off last season 35-6, including 22-0 at home.

So despite starting with seven new players and one new starter, the Spurs are just three games off their 2015-16 pace.

“We’ve still got a lot of work to do,” Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard said. “I think we could rebound the basketball a little better and also get our one-on-one defense better as well.”

Leonard put together his fourth consecutive 30-point game against the Timberwolves, tying the longest streak of 30-point outings by a Spurs player in 30 seasons (Duncan accomplished the feat in 2004).